“M” Technique – holistic massage

What is the “M” Technique?

The “M” Technique was created by Dr Jane Buckle as a communication tool for nurses when she worked as a critical care nurse at the National Heart Hospital in London. Her patients were critically ill, many had breathing tubes and were unable to talk. She wanted to find a way of communicating with her patients and felt that touch was the way.

The ‘M’ technique is a registered method of structured touch that is suitable for almost everyone, even the critically ill, the very fragile or the dying, or those for whom conventional massage is inappropriate. It is a series of stroking movements performed in a set sequence at a set pressure. It is much lighter than conventional massage and has a profoundly soothing effect, being gentle, slow and reassuring.

Touch has been described as “the first and most fundamental means of communication.” It is also the only sense deemed essential to human life, a basic need which helps us to thrive and stay connected with our environment. The elderly and the very ill are at greatest risk of touch deprivation.

Conventional massage alters the pressure depending on the situation. The speed of the “M” is slow, constant and rhythmical and the sequence of movements is never modified. Each stroke is repeated three times. The rationale for this set form of repetition is simple – to build confidence and remove anxiety from the receiver. The first time a stroke is performed, the receiver will pay attention to what is being done; the second time the receiver recognises the movement; the third time the receiver knows what is going to happen and begins to relax.

The ‘M’ technique works on skin receptors which send signals to the brain and has been described as ‘physical hypnotherapy’ and a ‘spiritual dance’. It is used widely in hospitals throughout the USA and in 24 hospices in this country to help with pain relief and to calm the terminally ill. The ‘M’ stands for manual.

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How does the “M” Technique differ from conventional massage?

In three fundamental ways:-

1) Structure

The “M” Technique follows a set protocol – each movement and sequence is done in a distinctive pattern that is never modified.

2) Repetition of strokes

Each stroke is repeated three times. The rationale for this set form of repetition is simple – to build confidence and remove anxiety from the receiver. The first time a stroke is performed, the receiver will pay attention to what is being done; the second time the receiver recognises the movement; the third time the receiver know what is going to happen and begins to relax.

3) Pressure and Speed

The “M” Technique uses a set pressure. On a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is no pressure and 10 is crushing pressure, The “M” Technique pressure remains at 3. Conventional massage alters the pressure depending on the situation. The speed of the “M” is slow, constant and rhythmical.

As a result of research carried out in 2005 at University of Pennsylvania using SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) analysis it appears that the ‘M’ technique has a different effect on the brain than conventional massage, and that the effect is more profound.

How can the “M” Technique help me?

The “M” Technique can have measurable therapeutic effect on:

®Grief

® Anxiety

®Chronic Pain

®Chronic Fatigue

®Depression

®Anger

®Headaches

®Migraines

®Insomnia

®Stress

Choose from the following oils to have with your treatment.

●Bergamot ●Chamomile ●Frankincense ●Geranium ●Lavender ●Orange  ●Ylang Ylang

 

“The “M” Technique made me feel whole again” –  CS Multiple Sclerosis sufferer.

 

“I felt completely relaxed and at peace with the world with a warm glow” – CT severe anxiety

 

 

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